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Category Archives: 19 Vehicular Homicides/Manslaughter Pre-Charge Victories

NOT CHARGED | VEHICULAR MANSLAUGHTER – State v. Mr. R. (DMC No. 11737) (Gilbert Police Department Investigated): Mr. R. was driving his car with his brother alongside him when he turned around a corner and began having a seizure.  The vehicle flipped, and Mr. R.’s brother died in the passenger seat.  Although no drugs or alcohol were involved, the case was routed to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office to review for charges.  We were able to find several witnesses on the scene who stated that Mr. R. clearly looked to be having a seizure as he came around the corner.  In addition, we had Mr. R. subjected to an MRI of his brain which showed an “area of parenchymal signal abnormality”.  After almost 2 full years, the County Attorney declined to file any charges against Mr. R.

NOT CHARGED/DISMISSED | VEHICLUAR MANSLAUGHTER /DUI DRUGS (Marijuana)  – State v. Mr. C. (DMC No. 10610) (Apache Junction City Court TR20120026): A motorcyclist had been involved in a minor collision at Broadway Road & Meridian Road in Apache Junction. The motorcyclist then wandered around the car as Mr. C.’s car came up and struck and killed him.  Although no impairment was observed, the police ordered a blood draw from Mr. C., which revealed the presence of marijuana.  We filed a Motion to Suppress the blood draw, which was granted and the DUI drugs charge was dismissed.  We also were able to convince the prosecutors not to file charges for manslaughter as Mr. C. was not at fault for striking the motorcyclist.  No charges for manslaughter were ever brought.

NOT CHARGED/REDUCED | FELONY MANSLAUGHTER NOT CHARGED/MISDEMEANOR MANSLAUGHTER REDUCED to PROBATION with 100 HOURS of COMMUNITY SERVICE – State v. Ms. R. (DMC No. 6107) (West Mesa Justice Court CT2006-002295/Salt River Police Department DR2005-06294): Ms. R. had been driving near McKellips & Alma School Road in Mesa, when she made a u-turn. Another vehicle had been coming through the intersection and struck her. The driver of that vehicle died. As police contacted her, she had indicated she had drank 3 ounces of wine several hours prior, and had taken some prescription medication two days earlier. They subsequently had her sign a contract that voluntarily give blood, and we then became involved. We were able to prove with an “accident reconstruction” and blood analysis that she was not impaired, and that the accident was not her fault. The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office declined to file the felony manslaughter charge. She was, however, charged with “misdemeanor manslaughter”. We were able to have that reduced to 100 hours of community service. She was originally facing 7 to 21 years in prison, and ended up with no felony on her record and not having to do jail time.

NOT CHARGED | VEHICULAR MANSLAUGHTER – In 2004, Mr. P passed out while behind the wheel of his car, subsequently jumping a curb, striking and killing a 15-year-old boy walking home from high-school. In this high-profile case we were able to show that Mr. P blood sugar-level was at dangerously low levels at the time of the accident. In addition, we demonstrated that he had lost 105 pounds in the previous 120 days on the Atkins diet and that he was not under the influence of an Ambien sleeping pill which he had taken the night before.

Court – Mesa Police Department

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